Friday, September 18, 2009

The Blankies & Some Bread!

A little detour from quilting, a friend asked me to help her out & sew up a big pile of fleece fabric into blankies for grandchildren & for herself. They are double sided so I cleared off my big island in the kitchen to trim them with the rotary cutter. Then I blanket stitched around them on the machine.

Don't they look cozy? And with the chilly weather outside & fresh snow on the surrounding[12-14,000 ft] mountains, these blankies make me want to curl up with them & a good book in front of the fire!

It looks rather bleak doesn't it? Some of the aspen seem to have lost all of their leaves & others are still green, a few are all gold along the roadside.
I did make bread, French Baguettes, here they are fresh from the oven, very rustic!
Yum, I could eat an entire loaf!
We have invited friends for a glass of wine this afternoon & I had no baguettes on hand & had to make them-I made tomato/basil topping for bruschetta, one of my favorite snacks!

Before I returned to quilting I took some of my test quilt "sandwiches" that I use to try out a new design idea or check my tension on the longarm, & trimmed them & overlocked the edges. They go to the animal shelter for the rescued dogs & cats, it's nicer than the bare cage floor or paper or whatever they use, gives the poor abandoned critters a snuggly thing to sleep on. Otherwise I would be throwing these practice squares away so I am very happy to find a place that can use them.

I have now returned to working on a client quilt, her G'ma's vintage Dresden Plate blocks. I have them all faced with a very thin non woven interfacing ready to applique to the muslin blocks.

They are beautifully made, machine pieced with lovely 30's fabrics & well preserved. They will make a very sweet quilt. I want to have this top ready to quilt when we return to AZ in about a month.


GARI said...

I never thought of using interfacing with my dresdens. But, please, get this done and quilted so I can see how you quilted them. My quilt will have 6 plates plus three other blocks and I have no idea how to quilt it.

Miri said...

These are lovely blocks! Great idea using the interfacing...turns the edges and stabilizes the older fabrics-I'm going to remember that!

Reddirt Woman said...

I love the look of those Dresden plate blocks... and that bread looks so gooooood. You are a woman of many talents. I am in awe. Sewing, cooking and wonderful photography!